Ottawa – Today the City of Ottawa, the University of Ottawa and Ottawa Community Housing recognized the accomplishments of 50 students from the Youth Futures program at a graduation ceremony held at the University of Ottawa.

The students participated in an exciting bilingual 15-week program offering leadership training, summer employment and post-secondary workshops. The program provided a taste of campus life for low-income students from families who have never attended college or university.

“I am very proud of the dedication, drive and hard work shown by this year’s Youth Futuresgraduates,” said Deputy Mayor Steve Desroches and Chair of Ottawa Community Housing. “The City is proud to support this exceptional program as a part of the Housing and Homelessness Investment plan approved earlier this year.”

Family and friends joined the graduates at the ceremony, which featured a certificate ceremony, a video presentation and valedictorian speeches.

“The Youth Futures partnership has given this year’s graduates an unparalleled opportunity to build confidence, gain valuable work experience and learn about academic and career opportunities,” said Allan Rock, president of the University of Ottawa.

“The student mentors and staff from the City and the University of Ottawa have given tremendous support to this year’s graduates,” said Jo-Anne Poirier, chief executive officer of Ottawa Community Housing. “This partnership allows graduates the chance to continue to build on the strengths of their successes to date.”